News Round up

As we reach the end of the year it seem like everywhere you turn you encounter a best of the year list and over on Mental Floss they have one of the best list in Miss Cellania’s Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2013.¬† This is a crazy list of stories from around the world already featured on the site during the past year.

Pope Francis is picking up award left and right I believe Advocate magazine named him person of the year and most recently he picked up another title that of Esquire’s best dressed man of 2013, because there was no other man in the world that would continually wear white and not complain about it. In all seriousness it was because as Mary¬†Lisa Gavenas says “Pope Francis understands that menswear is meant to express the character of the man wearing the clothes.”

Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain according to an American Judge reports the NY Times The result of the case is that anyone can freely use elements from Holmes from before 1923 in their own works and not have to fork over a licensing fee to the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. for any newly derived works. I sure hope that the Conan Doyle Estate is glad that this came after the television show Elementary paid its fee. Copyright laws in the United States are very weird as it’s like 90 years after the work comes out unless an extension is put on it then it can go for years and years. This is something that needs to change in America.